Staring your day without breakfast is like expecting a child to succeed in high school without learning to read, like competing in the Olympics without training.
The first step to healthy is breakfast.
There is a myth out there that skipping meals saves on calories. I suppose that is true. But when you miss meals, regularly, your body goes into starvation mode. It hangs onto the meals you eat and you will overeat the meals you do eat. Another name for starvation mode is hang onto extra weight mode.
Eating breakfast fires up your metabolism. It’s telling your body “I am ready to be active and productive today, get ready and eat this up.”
Breakfast Do’s And Do’nuts
- Do eat breakfast. Everyday. Don’t get a donut. Or a massive muffin.
- Do get protein in the AM. Don’t have bacon or sausages.
- Do choose vegetable proteins. Don’t always choose soy. Hemp, amaranth, quinoa and buckwheat are complete proteins too.
- Do enjoy pancakes and waffles. Don’t eat them out of a box. Mix them up from scratch and get some whole grain flours in there.
- Do have yogurt. Don’t get pre-sweetened pre-flavoured. Add a little honey and fruit to plain yogurt.
The Big List Of Breakfast Ideas
- Set up a muesli bar. Get out oats, nuts and seeds, fruit and yogurt, let everyone pick and choose what they’d like.
- When you have pancakes or waffles, mix the syrup with yogurt. You get the sweet but also get the protein and goodness from the yogurt.
- Eggs of all varieties. Eggs on toast, french toast, scrambled eggs, omelettes. To max out the egg breakfast punch combine with high fiber bread and veggies.
- Toast with nut butter or goat cheese.
- Jennifer at The Days of a SAHM has a fantastic breakfast steak and egg burrito recipe that can be made ahead and frozen. Genius breakfast making idea.
- Visit these Peace, Love and Muesli posts for breakfast recipes and ideas. Pancakes and waffles, fruit sauce/coulis, Peace, Love and Muesli and Granola.
Peace, Love and Muesli HQ’s Breakfasts
The kids have oats with hemp seeds. Everyday. Well, everyday we don’t have pancakes, waffles or crepes. Sometimes the oats are cooked, sometimes they add milk, sometimes they just eat them straight up. Ken and I mix up a yogurt muesli concoction. Always hemp seeds. Some honey or maple syrup to sweeten, some combination of toasted amaranth, cooked quinoa, nuts, fruit. Ken adds oats. I don’t.
My current favorite breakfast is crepes, with yogurt and fruit.
Gluten-Free Crepes, from Living Without Magazine.
- 1/2 cup arrowroot flour, 2/3 cup sorghum flour, pinch salt, 3 eggs, 1 1/3 cup milk, 4 tablespoons of melted butter or coconut oil. Helps to warm the milk a little.
Mix arrowroot, flour and salt together. Mix eggs, milk and oil together in a separate bowl. Whisk the liquids into the flour mix. Strain through a fine mesh sieve and let sit for about 1 hour. Cook on a hot skillet. Flip when the crepe develops a lace like pattern.
This morning we had these crepes with Theresa Albert’s Chocolate Hemp Spread, which I mixed with yogurt. Good times!
Learn more about hemp, by checking out my affiliate shop at Manitoba Harvest and my Hemp post.
Are you a breakfast lover? What’s your healthy go to brekkie? Fess up if you aren’t a breakfast eater. How can I help you change your ways?